• “DIY is an online club for kids to earn maker skills. Kids (otherwise known as Makers) share their creations and work with a larger online community and collect patches for the skills they learn. Each skill has a set of challenges that help kids learn different techniques and create something fantastic. When a child completes a maker challenge, they can add photos and video to their online portfolio to show off their creation.”

• “explore forces acting on an object, to practice graphing experimental data, and/or to introduce the algebra concepts of slope and intercept of a line. A wooden 2×4 beam is set on top of two scales. Students learn how to conduct an experiment by applying loads at different locations along the beam, recording the exact position of the applied load and the reaction forces measured by the scales at each end of the beam”

• “Students are introduced to static equilibrium by learning how forces and torques are balanced in a well-designed engineering structure. A tower crane is presented as a simplified two-dimensional case. Using Popsicle sticks and hot glue, student teams design, build and test a simple tower crane model according to these principles, ending with a team competition. “

• “Join us in the Icing Research Tunnel at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, when aeromechanical engineer and icing specialist Judith VanZante gives a tour and explains how engineers apply simple concepts in physical science to create windy, cold and wet conditions for aircraft. VanZante explains the hazards of ice on aircraft, how it is formed, and why research on ice plays a major role in aeronautics. “

• “Kids have always loved building things and solving problems, but before videogames, the best tools we could offer them were Lincoln Logs and Legos. Today, we can give them a whole lot more. Here are eight games you can use to help prepare your child’s brain for a life of building and engineering.”

• Biology Attitudes, Skills, & Knowledge Survey (BASKS) Form 1

• ” abstraction is the ability to simultaneously consider multiple states of a system in order to analyze it for patterns, behavior and predictability. It’s something like the difference between solving an equation for a specific value of x and being able to suggest different slopes and intercepts that would model data well. “

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• “Part experiment, part contest — your challenge is to test the SOLE method with students in your school, home or after-school program and to share what you learn with TED in the form of a 500-1000 word blog post. What was your experience like in setting up SOLE? Tell us about your SOLE adventure and the students who participated. What were the challenges, how did you overcome them and what did you learn? How do you believe SOLE can be used at your school in the future?”

• ” re-imagined report card. I’m still working on the second page that includes definitions of each word listed in our circle. In addition, we use standards-based-grading and a variety of rubrics. Our standards-based-grades are a little different (surprise!), our goal is forward progress through learning, standards gives us a framework for this to happen.”

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• Specifically designed for you, this step-by-step guide will prepare you to ignite the fire of curiosity in kids at home, in school or at after-school programs. Once you have completed your SOLE, please share your feedback. Your stories are critical to the School in the Cloud and the future of learning.

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• There’s a place in France where the robots do a dance. And that place is TEDxConcorde, where Bruno Maisonnier of Aldebaran Robotics choreographs a troupe of tiny humanoid Nao robots through a surprisingly emotive performance.
Bruno Maisonnier works at Aldebaran Robotics, maker of the tiny, compelling humanoid Nao.

• “American Chemical Society – Science for Kids”

• Open Educational Resources: Share, Remix, Learn This binder contains a variety of open-licensed educational resources that can be used in K-12, as well as other useful information. All materials licensed CC BY to share.

tags: k-8 learning open

• “mastery of our 17 habits in order to become lifelong learners. These habits have concrete indicators that are delineated in levels ranging from Novice to Expert. These habits are pervasive in all areas of learning – from internships to classes to personal learning experiences outside school. The rubrics (links below) are used in assessing all learning opportunities.”

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• “Open Learning This is a wiki of resources for K12 Educators interested in the Open Movement.”

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• “What is a competency? A competency describes knowledge and skills that can be applied to novel, complex situations.
Competencies are the knowledge, skills, and/or behaviors students must master in a specific content or performance area.”

• Tweets About Today’s Lesson: A Fun Exit Pass To Check Student Understanding “This is a fun way for students to demonstrate their learning in your class. I use it in a few different ways:
1. As a formative assessment to see if students understood a concept.
2. As a way for students to ask questions about something they didn’t understand (which I can address or “tweet back” the next day)
3. As a way for students to tell me something they found interesting.”

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